Your typical day is based upon your projects and the cadence that's been set up for you.
On any typical day you could bounce from website design to information architecture and then to a creative review.
You'll work with some great people along the way.
The problem is the politics and lack of accountability.
You'll encounter a LOT of divas and a LOT of fiefdoms. Find a patron and work with them otherwise somebody will find a reason to dislike you and get you gone.
Also despite the "innovative" label being thrown about this is a large company with LOTs of red tape. You'll put some great ideas out there, but ultimately the client (and account team) will opt for a more cautious approach.
Great benefits + competitive pay, great people
politics, instability, lack of accountability, red tape
A lot of rookies chafe at some of the cr*p that comes through the pipeline here, but honestly once you've worked at a few agencies you realize that it's par for the course in this industry. I loved my time at Sapient and would recommend it to anyone looking to work in a full-services digital agency environment. Get used to the offshore dev team trying to call *all* the shots on your project but once you develop the social skills to deal with their cr*p you get used to it. Remember, the key to happiness is to not take the b.s. home with you at the end of the day.
good content strategy outlook, strong project managers, good creative environment
messy development teams who try to drive the train to suit their needs, not anybody else's needs
Great culture and core values; disorganized and compensation and work/life balance are less than par
Associate (Former Employee) – Boston, MA – July 8, 2013
SapientNitro only hires smart, talented, and solid individuals who fit in with the core values. At Sapient you have the chance to work with some of the best and brightest in the industry and because the environment is set up to be collaborative the chances for growth and learning are immeasurable. With all the pluses Sapient has some definite shortcomings. Sapient prides itself on adaptability and chance but many times there are changes made just for the sake of change. Processes change on a quarterly basis without solid communication from leadership. Many times once the change has finally been communicated there is a completely different process on it's way to be implemented which results in disorganization and chaos.
great people, culture, core values
disorganized; no work/life balance, weak compensation and benefits package
Account Management (Current Employee) – New York, NY – June 11, 2012
SapientNitro is a great place to work. The people are fun, the office is buzzing (when people are actually there) and everyone is very intelligent. The problem is, the bar and partying take priority over everything. Over clients, over training, over pitch work, and the list goes on. Most of the people running the NY office can't go more than 24 hours without having a "meeting" at a bar which inevitably ends up in no work getting done.
It used to be fun but now its starting to show. They're losing clients and not winning new ones. They're laying off incredibly talented people because they don't have enough projects to keep them busy. The shop is salvageable but it's going to take a lot of strong will and someone to say enough is enough and keep the partying outside the workday.
fun culture, higher than industry average pay, potentially interesting clients/projects
party culture, too many cooks in the kitchen without a head chef